Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group is now NAI Martens; NAI John T. Arnold Associates drops its NAI affiliation

Steve Martens (left) and Tom Johnson of the newly named NAI Martens.

WICHITA — Turns out Steve Martens will have to order new stationery.

“We have left Grubb and Ellis,” says the CEO of what formerly was known as Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group.

The company now is an affiliate of NAI Global and will be known as NAI Martens.

Wichita’s John T. Arnold Associates previously was an NAI affiliate and now is an independent operation.

“We’re just kind of relooking at our … working model,” says John T. Arnold president Marlin Penner. He says he and executive vice president Don Arnold decided to focus on the clients they have and simplify their operation. NAI asked that they retain the affiliation until it could find another one in the market.

“We have a huge respect for Steve and his organization, and we’re just thrilled they’re taking it over,” Penner says. “It was the right thing for everybody involved.”

California-based Grubb & Ellis filed for bankruptcy early this year and eventually sold to BGC Partners.

At the time, Martens told Have You Heard? that there was a chance the firm could remain an affiliate or go another direction.

“We wanted to find the right fit,” he says.

“We looked at virtually every other opportunity that was out there,” says NAI Martens president Tom Johnson. “Anyone that’s not in the market is someone we talked to.”

NAI is a group Martens talked to before deciding to affiliate with Grubb & Ellis in 2000.

“Over the years, they have really grown and matured as a company,” Johnson says.

C-III Capital Partners completed its purchase of NAI Global this summer.

“C-III brings to them the capital they need to grow and really develop that company,” Johnson says.

With more than 5,000 employees in 350 offices, NAI Global is the largest international network of commercial real estate firms. All its affiliates are independently owned and operated, which is key for Martens and Johnson.

If a company has affiliates and corporate offices, the affiliates “sometimes are stepchildren,” Johnson says.

“With NAI, everybody is on the same footing.”

He says the affiliates can share best practices in a noncompetitive way.

“It allows us to up our business from an entrepreneurial standpoint,” Johnson says.

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HRN Performance Solutions to move to Farm Credit Bank Building on North Waco

UPDATED — HRN Performance Solutions is moving from the High Touch building at 110 S. Main St. to 2,541 square feet at the Farm Credit Bank Building at 245 N. Waco.

“We were just looking for a space that allowed us more collaboration and teamwork,” says vice president Lea Ann Gabbert.

She says as the company expanded in the High Touch space, it resulted in a long, skinny row of offices and cubicles. Gabbert says the new space will be a big square “so that we could all be together.”

The company, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City and provides compensation and performance management solutions for clients nationally, will be in its new space Sept. 24.

Tony Utter of Utter Commercial Real Estate and Don Arnold of NAI John T. Arnold Associates handled the deal.

The lease brings the Farm Credit Bank Building to 100 percent occupancy.

Abelardo’s coming to former Dog-N-Shake space at Maple and West

WICHITA — There’s a new Mexican restaurant coming to the northwest corner of Maple and West streets where Dog-N-Shake was and where Long John Silver’s used to be.

Abelardo Gonzalez is opening Abelardo’s in about two weeks.

He has four of the restaurants in Omaha and one in Spokane, Wash. They all serve what he calls authentic Mexican cuisine.

Don Arnold of NAI John T. Arnold Associates handled the deal.

He likes Gonzalez’s plans.

“He’s going to be a great asset to the neighborhood,” Arnold says.

The restaurant will have a drive-through and be open 24 hours a day.

It’s likely the first of several here for Gonzalez.

“That’s the idea, to open more restaurants here,” he says. “I hope people want to try it.”